This week has been pretty epic! I'll start off with the pictures: This is our guard dog when we are in East Housing of To'hajiilee. We call him Buster. He prepares the way for us.
This second picture is our stalker stray dog, but we like to think he's making sure that we don't have a sneak attack from behind. We're well protected when we're in East Housing, even without the dog treats that Elder Cornelison bought. XD
This next picture should tell you how missionary work can drain someone. That is my companion, taking a nap as we drive. Nothing out of the ordinary right? Look at his hands. He's holding the phone, but it's open. Yes, with how much we drive in this area, it's easy to fall asleep. But, he's so tired, that he fell asleep while he was texting someone; he was in the middle of the text!
Now on to the business that I know you all are just dying to hear: the work of the Lord.
It's been epic. We talked to a less active lady that lives in Seama in Laguna- (Seama's the village that we know the least amount of people) and she had said to our relief society that we could be the home teachers, but that didn't work out. Turns out that she wanted to tell us not to come back or anything, and to tell us that God is not all-powerful, because if He were, He wouldn't need us missionaries to be His helpers. If God really could do anything and everything He would just pop down here on earth and tell us which church was true and we would have world peace and we wouldn't have to live "in hell" as she said. While she was saying all this I was listening, politely paying attention, and she then told me that I was too quiet and that she doesn't like that. So she proceeded to tell me that "whatever you want to say, say it." Naturally, I bore testimony to her that God puts all this bad in the world because He's helping us fulfill the commandment to "Be ye therefore perfect even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect" and that we can't be perfect without His help. That because He is an all-powerful God He can help us to fulfill that commandment. If He weren't an all-powerful God Phillipiansand Luke would both be false statements, and things like that. It was cool to me because it helped me to recognize that as we listen the words will naturally flow out of from our mouths. :)
We are helping a former less active, who is now fully active and has a calling to teach relief society, named Verna, to go to the temple, she's looking for her own family names and is preparing for the first week in September. Because she was baptized within the last two years, we would be able to go with her! Woot! Woot! (That second one was the echo, Bodie ;)
We found a new investigator this week, which is a pretty cool story because we were going to talk to her kids (her family has been taught before and is very difficult to meet with). She ended up inviting us in and told us that she didn't have time to read "the Bible we gave her" (She meant the Book of Mormon) and proceeded to ask us that whenever we came by if we would be willing to read it to her and help her understand then she would make time for it. So we read the intro and all three testimonies in the Book of Mormon to her, and it was really cool! She lives in San Fidel, which is in the west portion of our area. Twas pretty sweet!
Lastly, we have a bunch of people who have difficulties forgiving people for things that were said but not meant. How can we help people to forgive one another? Any suggestions would be awesome!
Te whanaunga mo ake tonu!
Elder Eli James Dial